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    My MacBook Pro is starting to show it's age and is possibly dying. Seeing as how I need a bigger screen (15+) at the moment the cheapest MBP option for me comes it at about 2200. That's a bit steep at this time, so I was wondering what machines would be good for Linux (been out of the PC game for a while and refuse to use Windows). Main wants would be 15"+ screen FHD or better, 8GB+ RAM (if it's upgradeable can settle for less RAM) and either an SSD or at least ability to put one in there (I could pull the SSD from my current lappy and just put it in another one if its cheaper). Performance is not at the top of priority list as I mostly deal with internet and command line work.

    Another want is that it doesn't look like shit, I found more than a few laptop that I would just straight up not want to look at on daily basis.

    Price is of course a factor but so is quality/longevity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prizrak View Post
    My MacBook Pro is starting to show it's age and is possibly dying. Seeing as how I need a bigger screen (15+) at the moment the cheapest MBP option for me comes it at about 2200. That's a bit steep at this time, so I was wondering what machines would be good for Linux (been out of the PC game for a while and refuse to use Windows). Main wants would be 15"+ screen FHD or better, 8GB+ RAM (if it's upgradeable can settle for less RAM) and either an SSD or at least ability to put one in there (I could pull the SSD from my current lappy and just put it in another one if its cheaper). Performance is not at the top of priority list as I mostly deal with internet and command line work.

    Another want is that it doesn't look like shit, I found more than a few laptop that I would just straight up not want to look at on daily basis.

    Price is of course a factor but so is quality/longevity.
    How about something from System76? https://system76.com/

    Dell also offers linux options like the Precision 3520: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/pr...=xctop3520hwus

    Lenovo has certified the T560 laptop (the 20FJZ1Z2US model specifically) for Ubuntu, however it's not the latest version: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd031426

    I tried looking from smaller vendors but didn't come up with much as far as anything with linux preloaded. Nothing that's in a decent price range anyway.
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    I looked at System 76, Dell Precision needs to DIAF and their XPS offering in 15" is close enough to MBP that it makes no sense. Lenovo has been crap since IBM sold to them and look worth than hemorrhoids. I was thinking maybe the new Latitudes, while not specifically Linux certified we use them at work and most engineers install Linux on them.
    Nothing that's in a decent price range anyway.
    That's kind of the problem I'm running into, lower spec models tend to have shittier screens and nicer screens tend to come with higher specs making the prices too close to MBPs to really bother.

    EDIT: Looks like with some fiddling this might make for a decent machine https://www.amazon.com/K501UW-AB78-1...f_rd_i=desktop
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    Ended up ordering a Latitude 5580, was looking at Precision 5520 but that costs about as much as an MBP anyways so no point. Will post more once I get the machine but the E7440 I have at work has no issues with Linux so I am expecting the newer model to be similar. One thing that sux is that you can get a Precision machine with Ubuntu which is $100 less than Windows but not the Lat
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    Quote Originally Posted by prizrak View Post
    Ended up ordering a Latitude 5580, was looking at Precision 5520 but that costs about as much as an MBP anyways so no point. Will post more once I get the machine but the E7440 I have at work has no issues with Linux so I am expecting the newer model to be similar. One thing that sux is that you can get a Precision machine with Ubuntu which is $100 less than Windows but not the Lat
    Nice! I'm firmly in the Lenovo camp now but I'd be interested to hear from you about how the Latitudes are these days. I loved my E6420, and still have a D630 that I need to figure out something to do with.
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    We have Lenovos here as part of a joint team with a client and I was left unimpressed. It doesn't help that they still look like they are from the 90s and also were much more than the comparable Dells (only because Dell has some big discounts now though)
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    Got the Latitude, Linux was installed on first boot Only issue I had was wi-fi not working until I upgraded the kernel to 4.8, otherwise about as easy as it gets. Only other thing is the logic for disabling the touchpad while typing is a little derpsy.
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